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The DIFC views sponsorship and events as ways to reinforce its position as the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. Sponsorship and events allow the DIFC to deepen relationships with clients, decision makers and the community.

You’ll find details of our recent and forthcoming sponsorships here.


ACT Middle East Treasury Summit 2018

ACT Middle East Treasury Summit 2018

The 10th annual ACT Middle East Treasury Summit 2018 , which will take place from 16-17 October, will gather over 500 treasury and finance professionals to be inspired and informed with new ideas, real insights and upcoming trends which will transform treasury in the years to come.

Corporate treasury has undergone incredible transformation over the last decade in the Middle East. The mission of the Association of Corporate Treasurers, to embed world class treasury standards and act as the profession’s leading advocate, has been at the forefront of supporting and empowering corporate treasurers during this period of unprecedented financial, business and technological change. 

For more information on the programme visit, please visit: www.treasurers.org/middleeastsummit



Under the Patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and the Ruler of Dubai, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), in partnership with the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), is pleased to invite you to the IIA International Conference.

The IIA Conference 2018 theme is: “Connecting the World through Innovation”. The conference will be focusing on the future of internal audit given the big role that technology and artificial intelligence play in transforming the internal audit profession.

Held for the first time in the MENA region, the event is expected to attract more than 2,500 attendees from around the globe and will also feature over 100 outstanding speakers covering 10 different tracks related to internal audit and the latest trends in the profession. The conference will be a major step in governance, internal auditing and risk management..

To view the IIA International Conference agenda, please click here.

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e Future Blockchain Summit

The Future Blockchain Summit 

Dubai International Financial Centre is pleased to announce The Future Blockchain Summit, hosted by Smart Dubai Office and DWTC.

The Future Blockchain Summit is focused on moving towards adoption of blockchain and seizing the multi-billion dollar opportunities that blockchain technology presents. The Summit will be the global center point for blockchain dialogue hosted by the first city-wide adopter of blockchain technology. It will converge over 1,500 summit attendees and over 6,000 visitors from influential governments, enterprises and startups from across the globe. The summit covers all industries with blockchain application including retail, transport, healthcare, real-estate and energy.

Future Blockchain Summit is the gateway to the world's most advanced blockchain government and a meeting ground for industry leaders and tech start-ups. Throughout the two days you can connect with the blockchain leaders of the Dubai government and cutting edge global and startup tech leaders.

Join 9,000 other visitors in the exhibition which will provide relevant business-use blockchain solutions and expertise on how these can be implemented in your business.
The Future Blockchain Summit will take place from 2-3 May 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.




Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is proud to sponsor of the 4th Annual International Conference & Exhibition (AICE) Free Zone 10X: The Path to Prosperity.

Prosperity, goes much beyond mere economic growth, and ensures inclusive, sustainable development of a society, by addressing the needs and expectations of all key stakeholders. Economic policy should be designed to be inclusive and offer welfare benefits and chances for higher income and well-being to all members of the society. With a view to offer ways for such equal and shared prosperity, the World FZO shall focus on three specific themes (measurement, acceleration, and connection) as follows during the fourth AICE 2018.

These themes are aligned with the original mandate of the World FZO to bring together Free Zones from around the world, to build a comprehensive knowledge database, to provide a platform to learn, share and grow, and to offer advice to improve the management and administration of free zones.

The two-day conference will take place from 30 April - 1 May 2018, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai.

You can find more information here


UAE Banks Reception 2018

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is pleased to be supporting the UAE Banks reception which will take place on Friday 12 October alongside the 2018 meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank Group (WBG) and The Institute of International Finance (IIF) in Bali.

The UAE Banks reception provides a platform for influencers to understand the strong status of the UAE’s banking sector and its success in supporting the economic diversification of national economy.

DIFC clients are welcome to attend the reception and can register through www.live.ft.com/UAEreception    


World Takaful Conference

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is pleased to be a strategic partner to the World Takaful Conference (WTC) 2018, the leading global forum for Takaful that has played an instrumental role in the development of the industry for more than a decade by facilitating thought-provoking discussions, producing quality research and generating actionable insights. 

The DIFC is home to a number of companies who provide Islamic Finance and is committed to the development of this sector and although still at a nascent stage of development, the Takaful industry has witnessed rapid growth over the past eight years with its total assets doubling in the last six years. As the industry navigates through the complex global insurance landscape, there is a greater need for its leaders to share insights and deliberate on new strategies to help it grow beyond is niche status. 

WTC serves as a platform to facilitate idea-sharing among industry leaders gathered from diverse parts of the world ranging from key markets for Takaful such as the GCC and South East Asia to emerging markets such as Africa and Europe. The 13th edition of the conference will centre around the theme of “Differentiation, Innovation & Profitable Growth” and will feature:

  • Keynote Speeches by H.E. Ebrahim Obaid Al Zaabi, Director General, U.A.E. Insurance Authority (IA) and Abdulla Mohammed Al Awar, CEO, Dubai Islamic Economy Development Centre (DIEDC)
  • InsurTech-focused discussions shedding light on the impact of disruptive technologies on the Takaful industry
  • One-on-one interview with a Shari’ah scholar on Innovation & InsurTech
  • Power-packed CEO Debate discussing The Future of Takaful 
  • Live polling on key issues gravitating around Takaful
  • A dedicated WTC exhibition
  • Host of plenary sessions with industry leaders, regulators, economists, and technology gurus

WTC will take place on 9 April 2018 at the Dusit Thani Hotel. 


Innovate Finance Global Summit

Innovate Finance Global Summit 

Financial technology has evolved into a powerful global movement that has brought together entrepreneurs, technology giants and big banks to develop ideas and innovations that can harness the power of the digital age to create better, sustainable, financial services for more people of different backgrounds and for future generations to come.

IFGS 2018, which will take place in London from 19-20 March 2018, will convene the global FinTech community to the FinTech capital of the world: London. Taking inspiration from the expansion of FinTech globally, the summit will welcome the world’s leading lights, from innovators, institutions and investors to policy makers, regulators and international trade bodies.


Dubai World Insurance Congress

Dubai World Insurance Congress

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is proud to co-host the Dubai World Insurance Congress (DWIC) from 27 - 28 February 2018. As the leading financial hub for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, DIFC is well placed to host the congress. The Centre provides a world-class platform that connects the region’s markets with the economies of Europe, Asia and the Americas.

The DWIC is where the (re)insurance markets meet.

Designed to deliver unrivalled networking, business and thought leadership opportunities for more than 400 senior insurance executives, DWIC incorporates:

The Business Symposium -  a morning of inspirational presentations delivered by international thought leaders including FADI ABUNAHL – CEO OF TRUST RE,  ERIC ANDERSEN - CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF AON BENFIELD, and VINCENT VANDENDAEL, CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER OF LLOYD’S.

Star up live pitch session - 5 or more of the best startups serving the region will be invited to pitch in front of a panel of expert judges and delegates attending DWIC on 2nd day. The judges will present the startups with questions and the audience will vote for their favourite.

You can find more information at www.events.globalreinsurance.com/dubaiwic 




Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is pleased to announce to become the supporting partner of Finovate Middle East, a two-day conference focused on financial, banking and payments technology.

Fintech is entering an exciting new stage in its development given the advances in mobile payments technology, expansion of crowdfunding opportunities, and the introduction of cryptocurrencies and blockchain initiatives. The Middle East’s climate for fintech innovation, growth and investment is ideal. With a majority of residents having access to mobile devices but not bank accounts, the evolution of state regulations with startups (instead of banks) in mind, and growing competition among regional and western VCs, fintech opportunities in the Middle East are accelerating at a historic pace.

Taking place from 26-27 February 2018, during UAE Innovation Month and Dubai Innovation Week, Finovate Middle East will bring together early-stage startups, leading established companies, media, financial service institutions and funders drawn by the opportunity to see the future of fintech both regionally and globally.